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Our re:publica presentation was featured on the Think Act / Digital Impact blog of Roland Berger Strategy consultants and on the Jovoto Blog. In addition, I recommend watching the video of Florian Alexander Schmidt, who focused on crowdsourcing design in his re:publica talk.

Maria Paola Ometto, Johanna Winter and I submitted our full paper to the EGOS Sub-theme 60: Rethinking Responses to Institutional Complexity (Convenors: Royston Greenwood, University of Alberta; Patrick Vermeulen, Radboud University; and Charlene Zietsma, York University). The title of paper is: Losing the Activist Spirit: Institutional Complexity, Mission Drift, and Institutional Logics. The empirical context for our paper is ITCP-FGV (a student-run incubator within an Brazilian university). The organization is part of the Solidarity Economy Movement in Brazil. We examine the mechanisms that led to a mission drift; consequently, the organization lost its activist spirit.

Moreover, I am participating at the OMT Dissertation Proposal Workshop at the Academy of Management Meeting 2014 in Philadelphia, which is a great opportunity to take my work to the next level.

The 2nd Austrian Early Scholars Workshop in Management

The 2nd Austrian Early Scholars Workshop in Management took place last week at Johannes Kepler University (JKU). This workshop is an opportunity for young academics and PhD students to present their research and discuss it with colleagues and professors from JKU and partner universities from Austria and other countries. The workshop convenors, Giuseppe Delmestri, Chair of the Institute of Organization & Global Management Education (JKU) and Robert Bauer, Deputy Chair of the Institute of Organization & Global Management Education (JKU) gathered faculty from international universities and JKU to led the workshop:

  • Julia Brandl, Professor of Human Resource Management at the Institute of Organisation & Learning (University of Innsbruck)
  • Gili Drori, Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Royston Greenwood, Professor of Strategic Management at the Alberta School of Business (University of Alberta)
  • Markus Höllerer, Senior Lecturer of Organization Theory at the Australian School of Business (UNSW)
  • Candace Jones, Professor of Management & Organization at Boston College and Chair for the Organization and Management Division of the Academy of Management
  • Renate Meyer, Professor of Organization Studies (WU Vienna) and President of the European Group for Organization Studies (EGOS)
  • Matthias Fink, Professor of Innovation Management at JKU
  • Dorothea Greiling, Professor of Management Accounting at JKU and Chair of the Public Business Administration Section of the German Academic Association for Business Research (VHB)
It was a pleasure to help with organizing this workshop. I am looking forward to next year´s workshop.

On Remixing Resources

As mentioned in my last blog post, Dave Valliere and I have published an article in the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, with the title:  “Entrepreneurial remixing: bricolage and postmodern resources

The article can be accessed here. You can find the abstract of the paper below.

Continue reading “On Remixing Resources”

New publication, EGOS and Global Solution Networks

Dave Valliere and I have written a paper on “Entrepreneurial remixing: bricolage and postmodern resources”. The paper will be published in the International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation (February 2014 issue). I will soon provide a link to the pdf.-file of this article.

My research stay at University of Alberta resulted in a fruitful research collaboration with Maria Paola Ometto (Fundacao Getulio Vargas – Sao Paulo – Brazil) and Johanna Winter (WU Vienna University of Economics and Business). We submitted a paper with the title “Institutional complexity through acquiring funding sources: responses of social movement organizations” to the 30th EGOS Colloquium (2014) in Rotterdam (Sub-theme 60: Rethinking Responses to Institutional Complexity). Our short paper was accepted; Paola is first author, I am second, Johanna third.

Don Tapscott and the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto launched a research program to study the potential of global web-based networks for cooperation, problem solving and governance. I worked with Don on an initial exploration of this topic. The results can be found on the website of the Global Solution Networks Program.

I am also teaching next term in the master program Webscience. I will make the course outlines available soon.


I am currently recipient of a three year DOC-team-fellowship of the Austrian Academy of Sciences at the Institute of Organization and Global Management Studies at Johannes Kepler University (JKU) in Linz, Austria. The scholarship started 1st of July 2013. My colleagues in the DOC-Team are MMag.a Maria Dammayr and Mag.a Doris Grass. The newspaper of the Johannes Kepler University wrote about our achievement of receiving this grant in their November issue (2013/64, see p.18). Here is the link to our official homepage and our facebook group.


I finally published my thesis as a book. You can download it here or buy it here.

I have submitted a short paper to the EGOS Colloquium in Montreal (Sub-theme 35) together with Robert Bauer. Our short paper with the title “Consumer-focused crowdsourcing: Seductive illusions with far reaching consequences” was accepted.

I will also attend the Annual Meeting of the Academy of Management in Orlando. Leonard Dobusch (FU Berlin), Robert Bauer, Claudia Müller-Birn (FU Berlin) and I (2nd author) were accepted with our paper: “Between Crowd and Community: Organizing Online Collaboration in Open Innovation and Beyond.

Robert Bauer and I gave a talk at the #rp13-conference in Berlin. You can download the slides here. I am happy that we received positive feedback for our talk (“Eine wirklich lohnende Stunde” , “Sehr sympathische Redner“). Also have a look at spreeblick.com, they provide a comprehensive list of all #rp13-related sources (videos, pictures and ebooks). You should absolutely have a look at the closing ceremony, the nerd choir.

I participated at the first Young Scholars Workshop at Johannes Kepler University Linz, where I presented the first concept for my dissertation. The workshop was organized by Prof. Guiseppe Delmestri (JKU Linz), Prof. Wolfgang Güttel (JKU Linz) and Prof. Tina Ambos (U. of Sussex) who invited Renate Meyer (WU Wien), Tatiana Kostova (U. of South Carolina),  Elango Elangovan (U. of Victoria), Mike Lounsbury (U. of Alberta) and Royston Greenwood (U. of Alberta) to give us young scholars feedback. Images of the workshop can be found here.

The course outline for my course “Current topics in webscience” can be found here.

When I was in Toronto on exchange (2009/10) I attended a design class. One of my projects dealt with the role of smileys in (digital) communication. I just found out that a article of stadtmagazin.com used one of my pictures for an article.

#Rp13 and teaching

In its seven year history, re:publica has developed from an informal meeting of bloggers to a yearly institution for business professionals also, which featured over 4,000 guests in 2012. Idealists, hacktivists in politics, education, design, society, culture, ecology and science meet to listen to over 250 speakers from over 30 countries. Some days ago, I received a very nice e-mail from the organizers: “(…) we are very happy to inform you that your session “Von außen nach innen: Der soziale Kontext von Crowdsourcing” has been accepted for the #rp13 programme”. Prof. Robert Bauer and I will integrate our current research in this talk. We locate crowdsourcing in a social- and institutional context. In other words, socio-cultural norms and beliefs shape how actors interpret crowdsourcing and how it is transformed into practices. Lakhani et al. (2012) argue that the shift from closed to open innovation is associated with an organizational transformation (Lakhani et al. 2012). Organizations less able to cope with this shift are less likely to reap the benefits of crowdsourcing.

In the summer term, I am teaching the master course “web-based innovation” (study program webscience). This is the second time that I am teaching the course. This time I placed a greater emphasis on crowdsourcing and integrated new articles from the open- and user innovation literature. The course outline can be accessed here (in German). I am also teaching another course this term. You can read more about this course in my next blog post.